Reservoir Competence of Wildlife Host Species for Babesia microti
Michelle H. Hersh , Michael Tibbetts, Mia Strauss, Richard S. Ostfeld, and Felicia Keesing
Author affiliations: Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, USA (M.H. Hersh, M. Tibbetts, M. Strauss, F. Keesing); and Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, New York, USA (M.H. Hersh, R.S. Ostfeld)
Figure. . . Mean reservoir competence of 14 host species (10 mammals and 4 birds) for Babesia microti, southeastern New York, USA, 2008–2010. Error bars indicate SE. Reservoir competence is defined as the mean percentage of ticks infected by any individual host of a given species. Host species with <10 individual hosts sampled are indicated by an asterisk. See Table 1 for sample sizes. Single-letter abbreviations for genera along the left indicate Blarina, Didelphis, Glaucomys, Mephitis, Peromyscus, Procyon, Sciurus, Sorex, Tamias, Tamiasciurus, Catharus, Dumetella, Hylocichla, and Turdus, respectively.
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